not much to report… still getting geared up for the NY trip and that includes some serious poring over maps.
Spent some time this weekend cruising the depths of Southeast Dago, looking for reasonable alternatives to Condo living.
Interestingly enough there are some very killer neighborhoods in south-east-side Dago… you just have to look to find them. Ever been to Darnall? El Cerritos? How about the ‘Wine Glass’?
Realtors have started calling the area between the 805 and 15, south of Landis in North Park, the ‘Wine Glass’ (see a map for the reason… it looks like a wine glass, I guess). Anyway, this is also a canyoned area, a bit more run down than North Park proper but a very quiet area with some great blocks and some not so great blocks. Unfortunately the presence of the ubiquitous 1BR “TJ Shack” kinda ruins some of the aesthetic.
South of City Heights is the Canyoned neighborhoods of Azalea / Hollywood / park. A very secluded area with twisty, hilly dead-ended roads. Lotsa gays and lesbians hiding out back there… but the housing stock is not the best.
Continuing south we headed into Oak Park, east of 54th to College. This neighborhood is very quiet and the lots are large. But it’s truly awful housing stock – 50’s tract homes with very low-slung cielings.
Crossing College and heading East from Streamview gets you into a neighborhood which I will call South Rolando. It’s still south of University and it’s eastern border
is La Mesa. This is a truly nice area with some great homes… you just have to find them.
Finally, El Cerritos is a great little hood which is directly east of Horace Mann Middle / Crawford, East of 54th and south of El Cajn Blvd. Some killer homes in the canyons through here.